The nutrition component supports the availability of healthy food which is the primary building block for each child's physical growth, brain development, and ability to resist disease. Food also affects a child's emotions, sense of well-being and ability to learn.

The Nutrition component promotes:
  • Opportunities for interaction, family uniqueness and cultural diversity in a social setting;
  • Nutritious food service which is run by capable, well-trained professionals; and
  • Classroom learning which includes hands-on, practical applications of nutrition practices.

Goal: Promote the role of nutrition in academic performance and quality of life, and ensure the adoption of school policies which support healthy behaviors.

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School Health Rules on Nutrition

Sale of Competitive Foods


  • The purpose of the Nutrition: Competitive Food Sales Rule is to help ensure that students, when sold food or beverages produced on school campus, have healthy choices among the products sold.
  • The Nutrition Competitive Food Sales Rule has been established based on the directive given in House Bill (HB) 61 of the 2005 legislative session. HB 61 charged PED, in collaboration with others, to adopt a rule governing foods and beverages sold to in all public schools to students outside of the USDA school meal programs. This rule addresses foods and beverages sold to students on school campus, outside of the school meal program, in vending machines, and as a la carte sales or through fundraisers.
Wellness Policies


  • This rule requires each school district and charter school to develop and implement local wellness policies that include:
    • Nutrition guidelines for a la carte offerings minimally meeting guidelines set forth in Subsection B of NMAC;
    • Guidelines for school sponsored fundraisers during the normal school hours minimally meeting guidelines set forth in Paragraph (1) of Subsection C of NMAC; and
    • Guidelines for school sponsored fundraisers before and after schools hours ensuring that at least fifty percent of the offerings shall be healthy choices in accordance with the requirements set forth in Paragraph (2) of Subsection C of NMAC.